Fattiest Cut of Steak: A Juicy List to Slice Through

November 29, 2022
Written by Kristy J. Norton

The fattiest cut of steak is the rib eye steak, although the NY strip steak, the filet mignon, T bone, and porterhouse are right behind.

These days as a professional chef, it is becoming increasingly important for me to understand nutrition as well as flavor. Due to this, I have brushed up on all the fat values of each steak.

Learn all about which steaks are considered the fattiest!

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What Cuts of Meat are the Fattiest?

Here are the list of fatty cuts of steak that you should know about:

Rib Eye Steak

Well, you heard it here – rib eye or ribeye steak is the fattiest steak that you can eat.

It is taken from the rib roast – a primal cut like the prime rib.

As a highly marbled cut, it is estimated that the average ribeye (around 8 ounces) contains 30 grams of fat, 11 grams of which is made up of saturated fat.

Now, in case you are wondering, saturated fats are bad for you because they can raise the level of LDL cholesterol – also known as the bad cholesterol – in your blood.

In turn, this increases the risk of you developing heart disease and even stroke. Unsaturated fat is the healthier type of the two.

At the same time, it is tough to reject a perfectly cooked slab of this meat – and you don’t have to. As long as you eat this steak only occasionally and stick to the recommended serving of 3 ounces, you should be able to enjoy this treat every now and then!

Raw Rib Eye Steak

New York Strip Steak

It appears that a New York strip isn’t just as popular as ribeye steaks, it also has a significant amount of fat.

The total fat content is around 24g of steak and the saturated fat content sits at around 8g.

The New York strip is a very tough cut. However, the generous amount of marbling on the New York strip means that being one of the fattiest beef cuts has its perks. It is right up there in terms of flavor and moisture.

Raw New York Strip Steak with Rosemary

Filet Mignon

This steak is considered one of the most tender and succulent steaks around.

This isn’t too surprising as it is taken from the tenderloin section which has very little connective tissue, although much of it is made up of lean meat. In this sense, it is both the one of the leanest and fattiest cuts all at once.

The result is a melt in your mouth steak due to being a very marbled cut.

Well, this steak is pretty high up on the list as a fatty steak cut. Not only does it boast around 11 grams of fat per serving, but 6.7 grams of this is saturated fat.

Raw Filet Mignon Steaks with Herbs

T Bone Steak

Did you know that both the T bone steak and the porterhouse come from a New York strip? The only difference is that the T bone contains less tenderloin and, due to this, is a bit smaller and not nearly as tender.

The T bone does make up for it by being a rather fatty steak, though. Its fat content stands at over 11g of fat. The T bone has almost 5g of saturated fat.

Raw T-Bone Steak On Wooden Board

Porterhouse Steak

Porterhouse steaks fall just below the filet mignon as a fatty steak. Each 8 ounce steak has just under 11g of fat and almost 5 grams of saturated fat.

If you have ever wondered why a porterhouse is so popular or tastes so good, the answer is that it contains a bit of tenderloin meat that makes it nice and tender.

Porterhouse Steak Ready For Grilling

The Leanest Cuts of Steak

Now that you know what the fattiest cuts of beef steak are, it is only natural to also learn up about the leaner cuts.

While fatty cuts are great for an occasional splurge, they can’t be a part of your daily diet as they are too high in fat.

Instead, you may want to consider adding more of sirloin tip side steak to your diet. The eye of round steak cut as well as the bottom round steak should join the list. They are actually considered extra lean cuts of beef.

Flank steak is also a fairly lean cut and rather tough. It is best to marinate this cut of meat for a long time before cooking it. The benefit is that this meat takes to marinating quite well and produces a delicious flavor.

Raw Top Sirloin Beef Meat Steak

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Wrapping It Up

So, there you have it – the fat content for the top steaks on the market. Having this information is useful as it can help you to lead a healthier lifestyle.

While you can have the occasional fatty steak, it is best not to overindulge unnecessarily. Keep in mind that all these steaks add up after a while and you don’t want to deal with the negative consequences!

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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